I was bribedencouraged with the prospect of a free pattern the other day to hook up a hat pattern – it was an interesting pattern, and I really liked that it provided a video tutorial, a chart, and written directions! I’m the type of person who likes written patterns, with photos/video to supplement, and maybe a chart to clarify (though I usually get by on written just fine.)
The hat itself was pretty cute, I made a baby size with a brim. But it seemed to be lacking that… pop. Crochet hats in solid colours can be a little underwhelming sometimes, and it’s a baby hat – they’re supposed to be adorable!
So the pattern feature is really for two crochet patterns that I found. Last night, after the hat was finished, I took some time to search Ravelry for a lovely floral addition to my hat, and found the fantastic pattern used below!
The flower pattern is really nice because it can be done with any hook/yarn. Basically, find a button you want to slip it over (did I mention it’s no sew?), size your beginning chains, and then make as many layers of petals as you want (3 layers are supplied; I did 2 for mine.) How great is that? It could be used to make a variety of colours and then be changed out depending on season or outfit themes… yes. The potential is endless.
Any grand plans for your crafting weekend? I’m still working on my pattern process posts at the moment, in-between crocheting and knitting, of course. Classes at uni start Monday for me, so I’m enjoying my last tastes of freedom and preparing for OFFF on Sunday, as well! There’ll be lots of pictures and coverage of that event on the blog, too.
Every year, I face a dilemma around holiday times: what do you craft for someone who has everything? Many people in my life fall into this category, so I’ve had to learn what ways work best for dealing with this hard to gift persons.
This year, I found an excellent pattern for my grandpa for his birthday. He’s a country, small town folk sort of guy, so it was hard to think of anything practical that he’d need (crochet/knitted gloves wouldn’t suffice for his level of work.) To that end, I went with something silly instead.
Enter, the dead fish hat.
What I loved about this hat was the versatility. It used up some colours I wouldn’t normally use, and allowed for me to really customize it for the person I was gifting it to. Even better, it’s actually a pretty warm hat! Grandpa ended up really liking it, so that’s a bonus too.
This is a free pattern that you can find more info about on ravelry, or go directly to the pattern page through this link. Either way, if you’re looking for a quick knit to stash away for the impending holiday rush, this might be just the pattern for you! (The only thing you should check is your gauge! Mine was way off for the suggested needle size, so check that to make sure the brim is a good fit and to save yourself some stress.)